2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate
International Wine CellarRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 120, May/June 2005 (bottled in November of 2004) Good deep ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose combines musky redcurrant and tobacco. Plush, broad and fine-grained; atypically sexy and showy for this wine, in much the same way that Montelena's basic 2002 Napa cabernet is unusually pliant and rich. Finishes with big, dusty, but rather suave tannins. This offers early accessibility but has the material and structure ...
Wine.comThis wine has a rich, dark color and a classic Cabernet aroma, with currants, red and black fruits, as well as the black tea and licorice notes typical in warmer vintages. The warm cinnamon tone in the background is from the 20% new oak barrels used this year. The big, juicy palate is powered by the same fruits as the nose, layered with spicy notes from the oak. The vintage's slightly high acid levels give the wine brightness, showcased in a medium weight style with good density and grip. The 200...
Wine AdvocateRating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
Robert ParkerRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 162
Wine & SpiritsRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Wine SpectatorRating: 92-94 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 95 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: young, aging quickly, could be good now<br/>